Fat Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Oh, This is Rich

      Howard Dean went to Tennessee, to tell the locals how to appeal to Southern voters.

      So dumb, all you have to do is quote:
"We don't ever have to be ashamed of our values," Dean said at Vanderbilt. He made a point of invoking Holy Writ, championing "paycheck-to-paycheck" working people against the predatory wealthy via the famous passage which says a rich man's entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven is as difficult as a camel's passing through the eye of a needle. He employed scripture to defend civil rights for gays: "When Jesus said 'love thy neighbor' he didn't mean choose which one to love."

. . . the American electorate wanted "people at the top of government who stand up for traditional American values" and in this exhortation: "We need to talk about values and not be afraid of them. Until we do that, we're not going to win in the South."

It was evident in his accusation that the foreign policy of George W. Bush, in Iraq and elsewhere, had "surrendered 100 years of admiration in the world" by substituting "overwhelming military strength" for the "moral high ground" of the past.

And it was forcefully brought to the surface during the audience Q-and-A session that followed his Vanderbilt speech. Although most of the questions ran from polite to sympathetic, even adulatory, one or two contained barbs. One man chided Dean for leaving the Episcopal church -- apparently during his tenure as governor -- for what the questioner suggested was an argument over the provision of bicycle pathways. "What's the scriptural position on bike paths?" the man demanded.

Dean began by saying, "My guess is, there are as many scriptural references to bike paths as there are to gay people." When the applause that greeted that finally dissipated, he went on to explain that the issue had been one of access to unused church property, which the Episcopal church hierarchy had refused, not the appropriation of it by the state.

Dean then continued: "I think the role of churches in this country, the role of religions, is to make sure that as many of us as possible can enjoy God's blessings. I think the role of churches is to intervene in social situations where life doesn't seem to be fair. We can't make life fair to everybody, but I won't hold with a church, whether conservative or liberal or somewhere in between, that doesn't believe that the teachings of Jesus call for us to reach out to people who are in need."

The church's refusal to allow a bike-path flouted the public good, Dean said. "A church that stood up and wouldn't do that was not a church I wanted to belong to." He said that he had gone on to become a member of the Congregational Church, one with "no central authority, where each parish chooses its own minister." He nodded his head. "I enjoy that," he said, and went on to compare the practice to that of fundamentalist denominations in the South.

      Yep, that's gonna convince all those people down South who actually read the Bible, yessirree Bob.

      Hat tip to Mickey Kaus, Democrat, who comments:
Of course, Dean's clumsiness will mainly serve to make Hillary look good. ...The table is being set. ... It's all going according to plan. ...

      Hillary is one Hell of a good politician, but can even she overcome the anchor her party will be?



  • Hmm. How about a little regionalism -- the critical question for a Southerner might be not that he'd left the Episcopal church, but whether or not Dean was carrying a carpetbag.

    Face it, Southern Episcopalians voting in a bloc aren't likely to affect a national election. As far as numbers go, they're likely second or third from the bottom. Third may be doubtful.

    Now, Southern Episcopalians voting en bloc with chequebooks are very likely to affect an outcome. Lots of old money there.

    Leon Jester

    By Anonymous Leon Jester, at 6:59 PM  

  • Leon:

          I don't think that Dean will just offend Southern Episcopalians.  He'll get the Baptists, Methodists, and evangelicals in general mad at him.

          Note the stupid quotes:  ". . . the American electorate wanted 'people at the top of government who stand up for traditional American values' "  Traditional values like 'gay marriage?'

    And: "Dean began by saying, 'My guess is, there are as many scriptural references to bike paths as there are to gay people.' "

          OK, Dean is the guy who's so ignorant, he thought the book of Jonah is in the New Testament, but this won't do.  The Bible does mention homosexuality.  A lot of Southerners and know what it says, and they'll be pissed off both at his ignorant lecturing, and his flip comparison of homosexuality and bike paths.

          Next to "putz" in the dictionary, they're going to have Dean's picture.

    By Blogger Stephen M. St. Onge, at 10:29 PM  

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